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HUWBES 08-29-2008 04:31 PM

pregnant platys
my sunburst platys is pregnant and i just need to know how long she'll be pregnant

willow 08-29-2008 08:17 PM

i think it's roughly 4 weeks,
you'll notice that she will get a dark spot near the vent area,
it will get darker over the time,and she will get bigger,
she may take to hiding in plants to get away from other fish,
when she is near the very end you can put her in a breeding net,
or leave her to give birth in the main tank,if you provide floating plants
and plenty of cover there will be a biger survival rate,depends if you
want the fry to survive or not,after they are born they feed from their egg sack(not sure how long thta's for)then you can feed them crushed flake or fry food.
good luck.

HUWBES 08-30-2008 12:15 AM

would it be good for them to be in a seperately different tank

willow 08-30-2008 04:55 AM

who,the fry ?
it depends on if you wish to keep them all,they tend to breed like rabbits,
and don't forget that the female dosen't always need a male,she can
have sperm saved. ! so every 4 weeks you are possibly going to have fry.
i can understand you wanting to keep your first batch,i was the same.
there is no problem with you setting up another tank for them,
and as you have a tank already all you need to do is transfer,
filter media to the new tank,and you are good to go.
remembering to test the water still. :)
i did this also with guppy fry.

HUWBES 08-30-2008 11:55 AM

o ok after ive had so many what should i do with them when i cant fit anymore in my tank

willow 08-31-2008 03:07 AM

you may be able to give / sell them to your LFS(fish store)
or leave them in the main tank,and the parents and other
fish will eat them,what set up have you got ?

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